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Immigration reform has been a hot button topic for years now. Some pushing for an easier path to citizenship for the undocumented. Others pushing for stronger border security to keep undocumented immigrants out.

Mark Jones chairs the political science department at Rice University.

"In reality though, this is a compromise piece of legislation," Jones said, of the Immigration Reform Bill that recently passed through the Senate.

Once described as historic, the bill is now prompting protests. And the folks behind those protests are actually activists who help the undocumented.

Maria Jimenez recently visited south Texas and watched as dozens of graves belonging to unidentified, undocumented immigrants were unearthed.

"We can feel that, as parents, how it would be to have someone that you expect to arrive and never does again," she said.

Jimenez will be among the protestors participating in "Border Overkill" rallies Wednesday. The bill that was once highly anticipated and celebrated among those pushing for reform seems to have soured.

"It became clear that the cost of legalization was really high for immigrants," Jimenez said. " And more and more our sources began to tell us that chunks of people wouldn't qualify."

The protestors don't like the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the bill, which calls for 20 thousand more border patrol agents, and adding on to existing fence line along with other measures.

Besides deterring undocumented immigrants, the goal is stop potential terrorists and spill over crime involving violent cartel members, who operate near Texas.

Just Monday Mexican authorities arrested Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, one of the most power drug cartel leaders south of the border near Laredo.


"He is accused of organized crime, murder, torture, money laundering, and carrying weapons that are exclusively for the use of the armed forces ," said Eduardo Sanchez Hernandez, a spokesperson for Mexico's Security Cabinet.

But activists say the additional security measures will also increase racial profiling and cost American taxpayers billions of dollars.

"It does not justify a border that looks worse than the border between South Korea and North Korea," Jimenez said.

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